Plan International seeks a dynamic leader and project strategist to fill the role of Chief of Party (COP) for USAID’s anticipated Workforce Development for Bangladeshi Youth Activity in Bangladesh, a cooperative agreement with an expected budget of approximately $10-$25 million over five years. If awarded, it is anticipated that the program will start in January 2019.
The goal of the Workforce Development activity is for youth beneficiaries to acquire new or better employment that aligns with Standard Foreign Assistance Indicator EG 6-1. The activity will support youth’s skill development, forge linkages with the private sector to facilitate job placement, create an enabling environment for women to engage in employment, and provide continuous support to youth in the Feed the Future Zone of Influence. The workforce development activity will fill the gap in programming by targeting youth ages 15-29, with at least a fifth-grade education who are out of school or ineligible to enroll in the public Technical Vocational and Education Training system
The COP will lead and oversee all aspects of this high-profile project, including directing strategic planning and decision making, providing technical guidance, managing the activities of sub-recipients, and supervising staff. Serving as the key liaison with USAID, the Government of Bangladesh, implementing partners, and other stakeholders, the COP will also establish and maintain an integrated vision among different actors while ensuring adherence to all project objectives, performance requirements, and donor regulations. The position is contingent upon award of the project and approval by USAID.
Consideration for this pivotal role will be given to youth economic empowerment professionals with 1) a clear understanding of workforce development in Bangladesh or a similar social context; 2) experience in USAID project management and administration policies, procedures, and reporting requirements; and 3) the ability to meet rigorous timelines, track results, effectively manage staff and multi-stakeholder relationships, and influence decision-making at the local and national level to create positive change.
- Provide overall technical and managerial oversight and leadership for the project.
- Design program activities and provide technical expertise to ensure the program achieves all objectives.
- Ensure efficient management of financial resources, including the review and approval of program budgets and monitoring expenditures.
- Supervise field operations, project administration, logistics and procurement.
- Oversee the delivery and monitoring of sub-grants.
- Supervise program monitoring, evaluation, and reporting and ensure quality control and timeliness of all deliverables as required by the grant and donors.
- Ensure full compliance with all USAID, Plan, and other fiduciary regulations.
- Serve as the principal liaison with the Government of Bangladesh; USAID and other donors; and project partners and stakeholders to ensure effective program implementation and build lasting relationships.
In order to succeed in the challenging and varied role, you will have extensive experience in the following areas:
- Possess at least a master’s degree in economics, agribusiness, international development or a related field
- A minimum of 15 years of experience developing, managing and/or evaluating rural and youth workforce development activities, experience in Bangladesh or South Asia preferred
- A minimum of 10 years of experience leading donor-funded programs in Bangladesh or South Asia
- Significant experience managing large-scale, multi-year US government-funded programs, with a strong track record of successfully managing USAID-funded programs including previously serving as COP in South Asia
- Demonstrated knowledge of USAID project management, including USAID rules, regulations, and reporting requirements.
- Demonstrated knowledge of gender and proficiency in managing development projects that mainstream gender.
- Demonstrated ability to implement projects with rigorous timelines and deliverables and to track program quality through donor-approved monitoring and evaluation systems.
- Ability to work under pressure, as part of a team or independently, and meet deadlines consistently.
- Experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders, such as local NGOs, government officials, donor representatives, and local and international staff.
- Ability to respond to requests on short notice and simultaneously plan and execute several activities.
- Proven experience in hiring, training, and supervising teams of international and local staff.
- Proven leadership, interpersonal, and cross-cultural skills, with the ability to build and motivate diverse teams.
- Excellent command of English, with strong verbal and written communication skills; knowledge of Bengali advantageous
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Type of Role: fixed term contract
Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Salary: Competitive salary available
Reports to: Country Director
Closing Date: July 22, 2018
Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.
Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted.
A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Child Protection Policy.
As an international child centered community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children’s rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.
Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.
Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the international community.
About the Organization
Plan International is a global organization that works side by side with communities in 50 developing countries to end the cycle of poverty for children and their families. Plan works at the community level to develop customized solutions and ensure long-term sustainability. Our solutions are designed up-front to be owned by communities and range from clean water and healthcare programs to education projects, economic empowerment, child protection initiatives and youth civic engagement. Across program areas, Plan’s activities are guided by a Child-Centered Community Development (CCCD) approach, which is rights-based, holistic, gender-sensitive, and inclusive.